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Mission Work is Biblical Work

May 19, 2020 |

Mission work was on Jesus’ mind as He bid farewell to His disciples. Mission work was the apostle Paul’s overwhelming passion and the only thing that kept him conflicted about the prospect of going to heaven as soon as possible. Mission work built the church as we know it today and helped Christianity survive the persecution of the Roman Empire.

The thread of mission work runs throughout Scripture. You can find prominent examples of it in the following passages.

Mission Work is an Opportunity

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me’” (Isaiah 6:8).

Mission work, at its core, is an opportunity. Specifically, it’s an opportunity for believers to play key roles in God’s plan. Mission work is a front-row seat to God’s life-changing power. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah certainly recognized the potential in being sent by God. His excited reply reveals his eagerness.

Isaiah also likely recognized the challenges and hardships of mission work. He knew that his message—that is, the message God gave him to deliver—would not be popular. He also likely knew of the human tendency to want to “kill the messenger.” Yet Isaiah was not deterred, because the one thing he understood better than anything else is that the blessings of serving God through mission work far outweigh the drawbacks.

The voice of the Lord calls to His people in a similar way today. The Holy Spirit makes us aware of opportunities to serve. Sometimes those opportunities are local; sometimes they’re anything but. Either way, He asks, on behalf of the heavenly Father, “Whom shall I send?” Those of us who have the courage, faith, and sense of adventure to say, “Here am I! Send me!” will discover what it means to be used by God in a powerful way.

Mission Workers are Spiritual First-Responders

“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned’” (Mark 16:15–16).

Jesus lays out for His followers the dire situation facing the unsaved. Their eternal lives hang in the balance. Believers who engage in mission work, then, may be compared to spiritual “first responders.” We run toward the crisis when others turn away or try to ignore it. We may not always be comfortable in the situations we face, but we refuse to back away from them.

A willingness to serve is the only thing the Lord requires of us. He doesn’t expect us to be experts in mission work, Christian ministry, or theology. The Holy Spirit will help us diagnose people’s spiritual needs so that we can figure out the best way to respond to them. If we “go into all the world”—or even into just our corner of it—He will go with us.

Mission Work Tells Others About Jesus

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).

The apostle Paul underscores the dilemma that many lost people face. They are unable to make an informed decision about Jesus because they know so little about Him. Many are unfamiliar with Scripture. What they do know about Jesus comes from second-hand sources, which are often tainted by cynicism, self-interest, and misinformation. Some people, who have been burned by Christian hypocrisy (or worse), put up defense mechanisms to protect themselves from further harm.

Still, the need remains. To paraphrase Paul’s second question, “How shall they believe in Him of whom they have heard misleading things?” That brings us to his third question. The word that tends to trip us up there is “preacher.” Few of us think of ourselves as preachers. Yet, from the context of the verse, it’s clear that Paul is simply referring to someone who is willing to talk to others about Jesus.

Our “talk” can take many different forms. The manner in which we live—the priorities we set, the way we treat others, the joy we express, the fellowship we enjoy with other believers, the concern we demonstrate for people in need—can speak volumes about the Lord we serve. And when people grow curious enough to question us about the way we live, we have the opportunity to follow the apostle Peter’s lead and “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks [us] a reason for the hope that is in [us]” (1 Peter 3:15). That’s how we can be involved in mission work anytime and anywhere.

 

8 comments on “Mission Work is Biblical Work

  1. Jemimah Mataka says:

    Thanks for this.

  2. PHILLIP BRADSHAW says:

    With the streets of Pakistan filling with millions worshiping Jesus, seeing the manifested compassion of Yehovah expressed through divine Supernatural miracles of mercy, we that have ability to help the former slaves of Islam become powerful Representatives of the Kingdom of Righteousness, have the high honor of being in position to distribute the undefined Truth to equip saints for the work of the Ministry. But we need new Bibles that can gather all the sons of Abraham in unity.

    Thanks be to Abíynu Elohenu whose grace and truth manifested in His Son, Yeshua HaMashiyah, we now have access (online) to read the writings of Josephus and every Bible version ever published. But we need to purge our Bibles of verses and phrases added to the original text, and restore books, verses, phrases, and Hebrew names transliterated with our Roman letters that actually evolved from the original Hebrew letters learned at Mount Sinai.
    Ex. 12: 40 should include Canaan or Kena’an, as it was in the Scripures that Josephus and Shaul read [see Gal. 3: 16, 17] and John 6: 4 that Eusebius added should be removed. And the later addition of Luke 24: 12 of Peter running to the tomb a second time, is said by Lachmann, Tregellies and Tischendorf not existant in earliest Greek Manuscripts.

    Yet that we have the greatest of opportunity to share truth that sets the captives free, we must do so with all reverence, and restore the Hebrew names transliterated, and the Holy Feasts as named. With many copies of the original Hebrew Mattityahu found, the errors of the Aramaic and Greek translations can finally be corrected. Please contact Nehemiah Gordon about translation from Hebrew to all languages as soon as possible.

  3. Jonathan Savage says:

    Hi, Thanks for the devotion today about Missions. I have done mission work and over the years I’ve always tried to let Jesus shine so that others may see and ask. I have new neighbors, a nice family of 5. They’re focused on the creation and not the creator. I’m concerned for them, a stay at home family, home schooled and when asking what they believed was rebuked by the husband firmly but not in anger. They’re good people, but I know where that leads. How do I reach them and remain a good neighbor and friend? I’m an retired electrical engineer, a PK, use to melding with worldly people, but secure in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a different challenge than what I am use to. Their reference is more of a mysticism in nature. Like I said, Romans 1. There is so much of this in our generation. How can I break through? Regards, Jon

  4. PHILLIP BRADSHAW says:

    Undeviled Truth is absolute truth. The Truth is not subject or affected by opinions, theologians, or even belief. Yet when one hears Yehovah and believes, all things are possible.

    Yeshua HaMashiyah is Yehovah Tsâbâ.
    Zecharyah 14: 16

  5. Kevin says:

    Is a gospel track ministry considered missionary work?

  6. Milford Denetclaw says:

    I have excepted Jesus as my savior about 2 weeks ago and life changes have been a blessing. I have been trying to read the Bible…I need help to know where to start the new life I have chosen. Your help is appreciated

    1. Tanya says:

      I know when I started it was in John also called the red letter book bc he tells alot more of jesus own words however as I was reading I started questioning Jesus conception, the actual conception. I made it to the third page of John that night and closed my bible and went to bed. The next morning decided to read a little more and when I opened my bible the book mark had some how moved to Luke, confused as I was decided well maybe I’ll read a little of Luke and as I got to the second page there it was the explanation of Jesus conception (actual conception) that blew my mind bc at that point I knew for sure how my book mark was moved and who did it! I asked a question and God answered it. Let’s just say I cried like a baby bc the feeling of joy that God really was listening and helping me was the most joy at that time I had ever felt. I hope this helps you in some way and it dosent matter where you start as long as you start! I pray hope you find all the joy along your journey and may God bless you always tanya

  7. Mathelemusa Marubini Jeremiah says:

    Thanks for the teaching you are giving us every day is full of encouragement and reviving our spirit. May GOD CONTINUE TO USE YOU

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